Institutional Biosafety Committee

Butler University is actively committed to preserving the health and safety of its students, staff, and faculty, and to protecting the environment and the community. It is recognized that use of potentially pathogenic microorganisms, other biological materials, and organisms containing recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules is necessary in many University research and teaching laboratories. Recombinant and synthetic nucleic acid molecules are defined as molecules that: 1) (a) are constructed by joining nucleic acid molecules and (b) that can replicate in a living cell, i.e., recombinant nucleic acids; 2) are chemically or by other means synthesized or amplified, including those that are chemically or otherwise modified but can base pair with naturally occurring nucleic acid molecules, i.e., synthetic nucleic acids; or 3) result from the replication of those described above.

Biosafety policies apply to all Butler personnel engaged in teaching activities and/or research involving recombinant DNA (rDNA), including transgenic plants and animals, and bio-hazardous agents, materials, and toxins that are sponsored by the University; conducted by University research personnel; conducted using the University’s property and facilities; received, stored, used, transferred, or disposed of at any of the University facilities; and conducted on behalf of the University at other institutions.

All application forms, with backup documentation, should be submitted to the Office of Sponsored Programs —scanned pdfs can be sent to, or hardcopy can be dropped off in JH116 (unstapled and printed on one-side only).